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Link to Google Docs form

If you are a parent at Massey, you need to fill in this Google Docs form.  Please click here.  It will take about ten to fifteen minutes, depending on how many children you have.

Lunch Program Agreement

Massey parents will be asked to "agree" to this contract in the Google Docs form that will be e-mailed out to everyone this week.

Searching for a Boy's Basketball Coach

Hello everyone

 

École Massey School is looking for a boys`basketball coach for the upcoming season.  The season runs from January to mid-March.  Try-outs could begin before the holidays or in the first week of January.  Typically, the boys would practice twice per week (morning, noon, or after school).  We have a teacher representative who will be helping to coordinate, but  is unable to coach.  We have a number of boys who have signed up and are waiting to get started.  We were fortunate to have a community member volunteer to coach the girls`basketball team.  If you can help out with the boys' team, please contact me by email at bernadette.leblanc@rbe.sk.ca  If you have any contact inforamtion for possible coaches from the university or from Campbell Collegiate, please contact me.

Thanks once again for all of your support in helping to provide opportunities for our students.

 

Mme LeBlanc-Fortier

Cash on line and Power School Parent Portal

Hello everyone,

This message is a quick reminder to everyone to ensure that fees for activities and items are all paid up on School Cash on line.  If you have made arrangements to pay in cash with the office staff, please send in the exact outstanding amounts and identify the items or activities for which you are paying.  If you are new to the system and do not know what Cash on line is or how to access the program, please call the school administrative assistant, Erin Mulligan, for assistance [(306) 791-8504].  We are experiencing quite a large deficit at the moment and request that all events and items be paid up in the next few days.  Agendas for all students and Practical and Applied Arts Fees for Grade 6 to 8 students should already be paid as these were due in September.  Please check your child's account to clear up any outstanding fees. (www.schoolcashonline.com)

Power School Parent Portal is also available to parents.  Power School provides parents with the opportunity to view some results posted by the teachers as well as attendance.  Please contact the school administrative assistant to get the login and password for each of your children at massey@rbe.sk.ca

 

Thank-you. 

 

Mme LeBlanc-Fortier

Principal

École Massey School

 

Classroom Building

Classroom Building

 

One question that comes to the Office at this time of year, or at the beginning of each school year, is how we determine which class students will be in.  The first thing parents need to know is that this is a carefully considered process.  There are a number of factors that go into this decision including the number of students in each grade, trying to get a balance of gender and abilities, and maintaining some social supports for each student.  In the end, the most important consideration is what is in the best academic interest of all of our 420 students. 

The reality for many of our students is that they will be in a split grade classroom at some point during their academic careers, often more than once.  Our school achievement data would say that students in split-grade classrooms achieve at or above the level of students in straight grade classrooms, which is also at or above the average of most students in the province of Saskatchewan.  One might argue that with the diverse needs and abilities of students, no class is a "straight" grade.  Our teachers use a variety of strategies to best meet the individual needs of their students.  This would include flexible groupings, within and beyond the walls of their classroom.  Being in a lower spilt does not mean that students are lower in their ability, in the same way a higher-grade split is not comprised of the highest achieving students.  Each classroom needs a heterogeneous balance.

Finally, students cannot be grouped based on where their friends are, or whether they are with the favourite teacher they have always wanted.  We do pay attention to social supports, but working in the same classroom with your best friend(s) is not always the best thing from an academic point of view.  While each teacher has strengths that may be somewhat different from their colleagues, all have incredible talents to share in a challenging, rewarding learning environment.  I would not hesitate to have my child educated in any one of their classrooms. 

On very rare occasions, changes may be made if it is determined to be in the best academic interests of the particular child.  The final decision rests with the Principal, in consultation with the staff.  Asking for a straight grade, a group of friends, or a particular teacher will have little impact in the process.  We appreciate your understanding and support in this annual endeavor.

In June, we will not be announcing to students which classroom they will be a part of next year, as we cannot guarantee that the classroom configurations will not change before school start-up.  We are very close to the numbers required to have an extra teacher assigned to our school in the upper elementary level.  If that were to happen, the addition of one teacher may change the configuration of classrooms all the way down to Grade 1. 

As a staff, we put in numerous hours into considering what is in the best academic interest of all of our students.  Thank-you for your understanding and support as we begin this process for the next school year. Understanding our parameters, if there is a situation that you believe we need to be aware of as we consider placements and learning environments for next year, please do not hesitate to call me at 791-8504. 

Power School Parent Portal

This is just a follow up to my last blog entry earlier today about how to use the Parent Portal to support your child's learning.  As a beginning point for some teachers who are just beginning to use the Gradebook on a regular basis, as a staff we have agreed that teachers will post information for parents and students to view regulary at a minimum of every two weeks.  Some teachers enter information and results daily or weekly.  We hope that this method of providing information about student work and results will open up dialogue between students and parents. Please communicate with teachers if you have any questions.   

How to Use Parent Portal To Support Your Child's Learning

ÉCOLE MASSEY SCHOOL

HOW TO USE PARENT PORTAL TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD’S LEARNING

 

Access ID and Access Password for Parent Portal

Parent Portal information can only be accessed with a specific access ID and Access Password attached to your child`s name on Parent Portal.  To obtain your child's access ID and Access Password, please contact the school administrative assistant.

 

Brief Description of the Navigation Toolbar

            Grades and Attendance: 

Grades and attendance are accessible at a glance for the school year.  Detailed attendance for the last week and current week and current week are shown.

By clicking on the total number of absences on the main screen, you can view the date and reason for each absence. 

 

For Grade 3 to 8, you will be able to view the tasks/assignments by clicking on the double hyphen under ‘Score’ or the grade for a course or subject area in the selected term.           

 

Our Grade 1 and 2 French Immersion Parent Portal information has a slightly different look from our Grade 3 to Grade 8 information.  You will be able to view the task/assignments by clicking on the double hyphen under “Score” for the name of the class (i.e. 1re année Immersion or 2e année Immersion) for the selected term. 

             

Once in the score screen, if the assignment/task has a description or comment entered, the assignment name will be a blue hyperlink enabling you to click on it. The description box could provide a description of the assignment or task, instructions, and a rubric or assessment tool. The individual comment entered could provide information on how your student   succeeded on the assignment in general, or on the outcome, rubric (see definition) or assessment tool.  Suggestions could be made for improvement.  In some cases, in consultation with the teacher, your child may be allowed to redo an assignment or a portion of an assignment to increase his learning and improve his grade.

                  

            Standards Grades Tab:

Standard Grades is another term for Outcome Grades (see definition).  Click on  the Standard Grades tab to see information about a student`s outcome grades for the current term and/or school year.  By default, the outcomes displayed are  in ‘parent friendly language`.  By clicking on the outcome itself, you can view the Outcome Detail, which states the outcome as written in Saskatchewan Ministry of Education curriculum and the grade scale details.  A dash/blank for an outcome indicates that the outcome has not yet been assessed for that term.

 

For Grade 1 and Grade 2, the outcomes are not divided by subject area due to the nature of the integrated curriculum.  For Grades 3 to 8, the outcomes are currently divided by subject area for Mathematics, English and French.  Next year, the assessment division at the Regina Board of Education plans to have all outcomes for all subject areas from Gr. 3 to 8 uploaded to Gradebook and Parent Portal.  This will allow teachers to attach outcomes to assignments in all subject  areas.  It will provide more detailed information for students and parents in all subject areas.

 

Brief Description of the Interpretation of Grades in our New Report Card and Parent Portal

 We will no longer be providing grades on assignments on Parent Portal for Gr. 1 & 2 and for Math, English and French in Gr. 3 to Gr. 8.  Outcome grades will be provided on outcomes attached to each assignment.  In Grade 1 to 3, these grades will be BE- Beginning, PR-Progressing, ME-Meeting, ET-Extensive.  In Grade 4 to 8, these grades will be IN- Insufficient Evidence, D- Beginning, C- Progressing, B-Meeting, or A- Extensive to coincide with the rubric described on the first page of the report card or in the outcome description.  These outcome grades will provide information to students and parents about the level of knowledge achieved in relation to each outcome for that assignment.  These grades are not a grade for the assignment, but rather a  representation of what the student knows and can do as per the expectations for each particular outcome. 

 

For the remainder of this year, grades will be provided for assignments only (not outcomes) in for Gr. 3 to 8 in the following subject areas:  Health, Careers, Science, Social Studies, and Arts Education.  This is due to the fact that the outcomes for these subjects have not yet been uploaded.

 

It is important to remember that grades for outcomes from the beginning of a unit or term may be lower than the final result at the end of a unit or term for that same outcome.  This is to be expected in many cases.  Expectations for general outcomes    from the beginning of the year to the end of the year can also change as do the level of knowledge and achievement of students.  Not all assignments or grades will necessarily be used to generate a final grade for each outcome. The classroom teacher will determine which evidence of learning best represents your child`s learning on each        outcome and grade accordingly.

 

Another point to note is that Final Grades in Grade 3 to 8 subject areas will be determined at the end of each term and are used only as a way to average the Outcome Grades to conform to the grading program.  It is important to understand that  currently the best way to glean information from Parent Portal is to examine the comments in the assignments section and the grades on individual outcomes under the standards tab. In the near future, parents and students should be able to view   grades on outcomes attached to assignments.

 

 

Benefits of Using the Parent Portal

 The Parent Portal provides an opportunity for students and parents to keep up to date     on assignments and results.  The feedback provided by the teachers can be accessed by both students and parents to open up a conversation about student learning.  Teacher emails are provided under the subject area.  If clarification about a homework         assignment is required, the student and/or parent can contact the teacher early on to avoid confusion and incomplete or late assignments. Parents are then in a better  position to ask questions to their child and review their work.  A discussion could then  follow between teacher, student and parent to see how assessed work could be improved and resubmitted for re-assessment.  This regular exchange of information would ensure that there are no surprises and that students are able to improve their learning and results.  Research shows that student learning improves dramatically when feedback is consistent and immediate, when students take responsibility for their learning and when parents are directly involved in their child`s learning. 

 

Definitions

Outcomes:

The learning expected of students in Saskatchewan is defined by curriculum outcomes for each grade.

Outcomes define what a student is expected to know and be able to do at the end of the elementary school grade or high school course.

Here is a link to the Ministry document for parents wanting to learn about outcomes and renewed curriculum in depth.

https://www.edonline.sk.ca/bbcswebdav/library/curricula/English/Renewed_Curricula.pdf\

 

 

Rubrics:

A rubric is an assessment tool that clearly indicates marking criteria. Your child’s teachers might use rubrics for marking assignments,

class participation, or overall grades.

 

Teachers decide (sometimes in collaboration with students) on what criteria or essential elements must be present in the student’s work to ensure that it is high in quality and develops descriptions of what performance looks like at several levels of achievement. Rubrics help both teachers and students become more objective when assessing learning.

 

Dental Screening Program Grade 1 & Grade 7

If you have a child in Grade 1 or Grade 7, you will be receiving an information form.  Our Dental Health Educator, Rosemary, will be doing a dental screening with our Grade 1 students on April 16th and with our Grade 7 students on April 17th.  Please take the time to read and complete the dental screening form and return it to the school as soon as possible.

Bullying Prevention Workshop

New Staff Members

Hello everyone

I would like to inform you that the following teachers are now part of our staff. 

Mme Andrea Osbourne has come in to replace Mme Hodge who has left us early to welcome her new baby girl a few weeks early.  Mme Osborne is away for one week and will be starting her official contract on March 31st. 

M. Nourri Lamouni is replacing Mme Jamieson starting on Monday, March 24th due to her early departure for her maternity leave.  We wish her well. 

Mme Vaswani will also be leaving us at Easter break to take a full time position as Kindergarten teacher at École Elsie Mironuck.  M Colton Crawford will be replacing her until the end of the school year.

Please help us welcome all of these teachers to our wonderful school.

 

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